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ELNM Review another team’s work: Privacy issues of Social Networks

Review another team’s work:

Privacy issues of Social Networks” by Kadri-Liis Piirsalu, Dagmar Mäe, Tõnis Vassar and Alessandro Nani

The paper includes types of social network sites (social networking sites, social media sharing sites, location based networks), privacy concerns regarding social media sharing services, privacy concerns regarding social networking services, location based social networks and privacy and sites convergence. Jätka lugemist

ELNM Topic 24: What About the Future?

What About the Future?
There is no homework on this topic but it is exciting to think about the future. I think in future we have more free software sources and non-software content and do not have so strict copyright but more CC licenses so we can use all resources more freely. And the WiFi is human right :).

ELNM Topic 23: In Search of Middle Ground: Hybrid Approaches

To Do

  • Read at least Chapter 2 (which is a kind of short summary of the treatise) of The Case for Copyright Reform by Rick Falkvinge and Christian Engström. Write an opinion.

Only 20 years ago so-called ordinary people did not worry about the copyright laws, as they were more business problem because business people had got copy and distribute funds. Ordinary people did not thinking about violate copyrights while writing a poem to friend’s book or converted recording music. Today, the same ordinary people can much easier to enjoy and share the culture because of technological change, but the copyright has now begun to hinder it, limiting the opportunities for everyday life of citizens. Jätka lugemist

ELNM Topic 21: The Uneasy Alliance: Free Software vs Open Source

To Do

  • Analyse both free software and open source approach in your blog. If you prefer one, provide your arguments.

People usually do not know what is the difference between free software and open-source software because they are mostly just users. For users there is no big difference in most cases. But Richard Stallman says that “open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement”. I think it is a good point and helps understand the issue.
But as far as the two schools have different values and assumptions and they can not cooperating on practical level, the controversies will continue. We may say it is the uneasy alliance.

ELNM Topic 20: The Digital Enforcement

To Do

  • Write a short analysis about applicability of copying restrictions – whether you consider them useful, in which cases exceptions should be made etc.

If we talk about digital rights and digital restrictions it sounds better “digital rights”. I personally prefer free licensing. Maybe sometimes have to restrict something but better is if everybody can use all content freely. In this occasion we have better materials – everybody can improve and upgrade them. I like that I can use compatible resources, not otherwise. The risks are monopolies on file formats, interoperability, insecurity and freedom of speech.

ELNM Topic 19: One Microsoft Way: the World of Proprietary Software

To Do

  • What could the software licensing landscape look like in 2020? Write a short (blogged) predictive analysis.

The World of Proprietary Software is very variegated. I learned that there are commercial proprietary software, shareware, freeware, public domain, Microsoft shared source and questionable stuff like trends of greed, vendor lock-in, pig in a bag and abandonware. Some of them were quite new, I had never thought about this issue. Now I know that freeware and free software are different terms. It was interesting to read that “the phrase READ CAREFULLY /–/ means “IGNORE THIS.” That’s because the small print is unchangeable and outrageous,” said the aticle. Because of any practice with DOS games I had not even idea that them cannot be run on newer versions of MS Windows.

But what could the software licensing landscape look like in 2020 I can not predict. Although it is in eight year there can appear many different developments. As an Estonian language teacher I have no any contact with this kind of licenses. I’ll look forward to the future.

ELNM Topic 18: The Millennium Bug in the WIPO Model

To Do

  • Find a good example of the “science business” described above and analyse it as a potential factor in the Digital Divide discussed earlier. Is the proposed connection likely or not? Blog your opinion.

The paradigm is shifted because the new resource  – information – is very important to all of us. Information never disappear and we can reproduce it by copying. This is not like in the old days when the resources were only material. I think in science business can play a big role digitalised materials which are readily available and this may cause digital divide. Probably I have to know more about science and business to find a good example and explain it better.

ELNM Topic 17: The Hacker Approach: Development of Free Licenses

To Do:

  • Study the GNU GPL and write a short blog essay about it. You may use the SWOT analysis model (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats).

ELNM Topic 16: More WIPO: Contracts and Licenses

To Do

  • Study licensing in another field than media/software (e,g. robotics, pharmaceutical industry etc) and compare it to the software and online content licensing.

Licenses are used on learning materials. When the teacher creates learning material, he/she puts on it a license that prohibits or provides certain rights. These are the copyright and Creative Commons licenses.
Based on main types of licenses, it can be said that the licenses can be, for example:

  • non-exclusive license – CC licenses.
  • exclusive license – like copyright.
  • absolute license – maybe like the Public Domain.
  • sublicense – CC licenses.

I dare not to analyze other areas, because I do not know them enough. To compare, I have to delve more into the topic. I think it is better to deal with what is needed in my everyday life, even though the new areas are very interesting, too.